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Trip Reports - 2016

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February 5 - Dyken Pond Winter Walk
Four of us walked to the edge of the Newcomb Swamp area looking for signs of the proposed trails leading into the newest parcel of land added to the Dyken Pond Environmental Center. Although we were able to walk to the edge of the swamp we were not able to find the trails. We continued on the
Spring, Teal, and Long trails and walked across the frozen swamp south of the road to return to the upper parking lot after a 3+ mile loop.

  Leader: Sharon Bonk  Participants: Dave Esmond, Marcia Hopple, Tina Linden

January 27 - Schenectady County Forest snowshoe
This was planned as a ski trip but we have had almost no snow, so it became a hike. Because of the uneven surfaces from frozen leaves, most of us wore snowshoes. It was a very pleasant 5K hike in the woods.

  Leader: Nancy Crowther, Will Crowther  Participants: Ellen Kozlowski, Gerry Weber, Anne Finch, Dee Portzer

January 23 - Greenville (Vanderbilt) Town Park
Another nearby hidden treasure was revealed to us by Jean Laverdure. The hike of about 4 miles provided views of the Catskills, a rushing creek, many, many, dogs with their owners, evidence of past agricultural activity, a perplexing man made artifact, and a relaxing lunch seated at a pond located on the property. The day was very clear, and there was no need for even microspikes as there was practically no snow.

  Leader: Jean Laverdure  Participants: John Tifft, Ellen Kozlowski, Will Crowther, Nancy Crowther

January 23 - Black Mountain Loop
We started from the Pike Brook Road trailhead. It was 11 degrees when we started to hike. We decided to use microspikes.It was lightly snowing. When we got to the summit, the winds were strong. We did not linger at the summit. As we went down towards the lake, the sky started to clear. Jeff was able to take some photos. We had lunch at the Black Mt. Pond lean-to. From there, it was a easy hike out.

  Leader: Kevin Cox  Participants: Jeff Chase

January 6 - Berlin Mountain
It was a great day to hike the Taconic Crest Trail. The temperature was 20 degrees at the trailhead. There were great views of the Catskills and the Berkshires.

  Leader: Kevin Cox  Participants: John Susko, Michael Boucher

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